Devices and Gadgets Sustaining Older Adults’ Resilience

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from: Longevity Explorers | Virtual1

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The Range—Low and High Tech

Older adults ingeniously use a wide variety of devices in navigating their daily life. As we age, we use both low- and high-tech gadgets to increase our resilience and overcome any difficulties thrown across our path. Members of the Virual1 Explorers Circle discussed their favorite “helpers” in a far-reaching and spirited session which covered both physical items and digital applications.



Some of the categories with members reporting on representative items were: reading—Audible app, Cloud Library, Libby for library loans, Kindle app, Great Courses, Bookbub, Chirp; physical items--Oral B toothbrush, Yaktrax, compression tape, compression sleeves, pickle juice, Flasksa water container, grab bars, cutting board with a spike; sound--Bose Soundwear collar speakers, Olive Smart Ear, Nuheara, directional microphones with SINC, Marshot prototype from Foursquare “proactive walking assistant”; sight­—Yoclosun magnifier glasses, LED lights, motion sensitive lighted toilet seat; d­­igital applications—iPads, iPhone/iPad accessibility, Amazon Echo Alexa calling, Life360, pacemaker reporting, blood thinner checkup, smart plugs.  



The recommendations for aids to daily life were as disperse as the membership of the Circle. However, the cohesiveness of the group was found in the agreement around statements from group members such as “just because we are older, we are not finished” or “if you’re adaptable you can function.”


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